Second Annual Class Action Case Law and Practice Review Conference

Join the James F. Humphreys Complex Litigation Center for a bench-bar conference, which will review case law and practices developments that have arisen in class actions during the past year. Experts in class actions, including 12 federal judges and 15 prominent practitioners, will lead discussions with an expected audience of approximately 75-100 practitioners.

The opportunity to directly talk to and engage panelists, including prominent lawyers and judges, in robust discussions is a hallmark of every center conference.  We allot half the time to participant remarks and questions.  

Six 90-minute panels of 30 lawyers and judges will examine changes that have arisen in case law or practices during the past 12 months, including: 

Panel 1 - Alleged Statutory Privacy-Rights Violations Class Actions

Panel 2 - Attorney Fee Awards in Consumer Fraud Cases and No-Injury Class Actions

Panel 3 - Early Vetting of and Motions to Strike Discrete Class-Action Allegations

Panel 4 - Review of Draft Proposed Best Practices from 2020 Class-Action Conference

Panel 5 - Cy Pres Awards – Phoenix-Like Reemergence and Allocation of Interest Accruing on Undistributed Settlement Funds

Panel 6 - Parties’ Ex Ante Attorney-Fee Award

Following the conference, the center will consider developing best practices addressing class action case-management problems identified at the conference. Judges and practitioners attending the conference will be given the first opportunity to join teams drafting these influential class action best practices and guidelines under the auspices of the center with assistance of its Scholars Council.  

The conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule: "(P)articipants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), or that of any other participant, may be revealed."

The conference is expected to be held annually. Experienced practitioners attending the conference will be considered to be invited as a panelist speaker for a future class action conference. The conference is made possible by lawyer conference registration fees and the generous contributions of sponsors.

The registration fee for the conference is $1,199 and includes conference materials, two continental breakfasts, coffee breaks, lunch, a group reception on Thursday evening, and grab-and-go snacks at adjournment.


CLE will be applied for in New Jersey. Attorneys will receive a Certificate of Attendance and a completed Uniform Application for Accreditation form after the conference in order to submit CLE hours for your state.

  • Castagnola, Francesca, Western Alliance Bank
  • Opsitnick, Tim, TCDi
  • Prieto, Peter, Podhurst Orseck
  • Justice, Kimberly, Freed Kanner London & Millen
  • Smith, Scott, Bradley
  • Cuneo, Jon, Cuneo Law Firm
  • Sharp, Dena, Girard Sharp
  • Shortnacy, Michael, King Spalding
  • Keller, Amy, DeCello Levitt
  • Chalos, Mark, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
  • Lorber, Leah, GSK
  • Hayden, Coleman, Dechert
  • Gross, Marc, Pomerantz
  • Cassady, Liz, Steptoe